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TedUSA

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At UNIT 7 today. The UNIT is only open from 0900-1300 on Sunday but I got some good work done. only problem? I LEFT MY PHONE AT THE UNIT!!! So no pics.

I will be at UNIT 7 in the AM and of course post up the images on my phone later. The suggestion from Pete [thanks AGAIN] worked great. I finish sanded and polished the landing light lens and its great. I can see through it very well. After final polish I applied 3 tape strips [on top of each other] to define the lens. I needed to fill in a bit around the lens area since all the gluing and glue removal had enlarged the light opening a bit. I applied some Vallego Putty all around and smoothed it some. check it tomorrow and add?/sand? I will leave the tape on for the paint process. Should look great on the other side!

Finished the canopy tape trimming, then coated the last pieces of tape with masking Fluid [yes I love that stuff]. After a while to dry, I AB the canopy area Tamiya XF-1 Flat black.
On Monday I can resume with finishing the sanding on the rest of the P-38. Not far from primer! FINALLY!

Thats all from UNIT 7


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Now I have the pictures from yesterday [see text above] and pictures of some significant progress today---I got some paint on! YAY. What do you mean I did it wrong!?!?!?!?









This next series of images is based on the link provided. I am going to display the P-38 "in flight", so I need "spinning props"

https://scontent-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11081290_924685290926830_3594112545382660303_n.jpg?oh=1a07cc0fc33063edf857fba2e948d8f2&oe=55E11E81























FIRST disc the yellow was too dark and I tried to remove it but the paint was imbedded in the scratches. second disc better but I will redo one and probably both now that I have "practiced"





I realized that in flight the openings for the prop blades would not be seen. I taped over the openings from the outside and laid in GEL CA glue to fill the openings. Remove tape and sand/polish tomorrow?









Thats all for now!

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Very nice Ted! And thank for sharing how to make those props spin. Have to remember that :-)
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Very nice Ted! And thank for sharing how to make those props spin. Have to remember that :-)


Thanks Fabian!

I have some more progress pictures but had computer crash. Quick repair but still have to get my external drive going since ALL of my images are there!

The link for the spinning propeller idea is also posted in the forums under "Quick tips"

That way no one has to remember where it is in my WIP thread for the P-38.

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Looking good Ted, and thanks for posting the how to on the spinning props I really like how that looks and think I'll give it a try on my Heinkel when I get round to it.
It adds a bit of life to the model I reckon

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Looking good Ted, and thanks for posting the how to on the spinning props I really like how that looks and think I'll give it a try on my Heinkel when I get round to it. It adds a bit of life to the model I reckon Pete


Thanks Pete,
I am going to repeat the process [seems to be my standard operation?] and see if I can improve the results.

Today at UNIT 7:

I dropped Satan and broke his horn
I dropped the P-38 twice--nothing broken except my last nerve!

Masking to paint individual panels to give this 1976 kit some "life"? I reviewed Bob's P-51 build since he did a natural metal finish. Everything was fine until I failed to:

1. Get the anti glare area masked well in front of the canopy and.....
2. did not seal my individual panel work before taping the anti glare areas.....pulled off some of the
ultra thinned flat black I AB on the panels.
3. Saw an obvious seam line near the supercharger--Grrrr.

So it is a few steps forward and a city block backwards. Follow the rules or pay the consequences!

















Thats all for the P-38 today. I want the anti glare sections to dry hard, then pledge everything and start making repairs!

Bit of a stay-cation with the GF beginning so I will be away from UNIT 7 for a while--maybe the better part of a week? I am having withdrawal already!!

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looking great!
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It's really beginning to come together now Ted, It won't be long before its decal time .

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Seth, Pete
Thanks guys! I haven't done any kind of natural metal finish before and the color choice is wrong [steel] but it was what I had to work with. When I first sprayed everything looked neat. I used a polishing cloth to "buff" the paint with. The finish did not respond. I got the Micro Mesh pad # 12,000 [those numbers are crazy but at least they serve to use as steps in finishing--2,400-3,000-4,000-6,000-8,000-12,000]. it worked well but not very easy to use in tight spaces on a 1/72. The  paint actually buffed down to show a bit of the black---sort of like having proper panel lines. Bad thing about the buffing is that the flat black and metal together had actually covered some micro scratches. now they are exposed. only positive? they are most ALL on the bottom of the P-38. I covered one area next to the cockpit on the top side with a "colored panel"--then lost part of that color with the taping for the anti-glare sections. If only I had PROTECTED my panel work with a coat of PLEDGE! "Always protect your work!"

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Ted,

I am new to the forums, and just getting back into modeling and I have to say I love what you have done to this old kit!  It is turning out really nicely and I love how the spinning props are turning out.  No kidding, I was just wondering how to realistically depict an aircraft in flight and I came across this thread. 

I have a question If you don't mind, about the micro mask you used.  At some point, I would love to do an A1-E Skyraider which had the aft section of the canopy tinted a very similar blue to the micro mask you used.  Do you think using it on the inside of the canopy would work as a tint or would that end up too blotchy?

Thanks, and looking forward to the conclusion of your build.

Eric.



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Hello Eric!

Micro mask would probably be a bit too "thick" as a window tint. I use a lot of Tamiya paint and they offer "clear" colors in red, green, blue, and yellow.Other model paint manufacturers off "clear" colors too. they are good to use for tinting clear parts---windows, lights, etc. The last time I tinted a scale model canopy, I used PLEDGE [the floor product] plus some food coloring. Cheap and easy to apply. One thing I noted was that the mixture looked WAY darker than the tint I wanted. It made sense after I realized that the color in a container WAS more dense than a super thin layer of it on a thin clear canopy piece. I had to practice quite a bit to get the right mixture. I had some clear sprue handy to test with, but any clear hard plastic item will work as a test. Clear Plastic utensils? maybe the spoon? Best wishes!

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I was afraid of that.  The mask did look to be a bit thick as you say.  Too bad as the color is perfect.  It's going to be awhile but when I finally do get to the A-1, I will give the Tamiya clear paints a try.  Thanks for the tips.

Eric.

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I was afraid of that.  The mask did look to be a bit thick as you say.  Too bad as the color is perfect.  It's going to be awhile but when I finally do get to the A-1, I will give the Tamiya clear paints a try.  Thanks for the tips.

Eric.


You are welcome! Please remember that I am returning after 46ys away and just getting in practice with 99% of what I do. there are lots of far more experienced modelers to get info from here on Genessis. I am always glad to answer but you might also want to check with some of the other guys too. best wishes as always!

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This is such great work Ted, love to see the way you're breathing life into what is an old kit.

Keep up the good work!
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This is such great work Ted, love to see the way you're breathing life into what is an old kit.

Keep up the good work!
Martin


Martin,

Thanks for the positive comments. I always feel like I overwork most of what I do and make it more difficult than it has to be. I used to do a lot of multimedia art and I ruined many pieces by not stopping at a good point in the work. Oh well..........we've all got something to give us a fit with our hobbies. I am going to back up and give the general painting another go asap. I was at UNIT 7 today for a short while and AB the P-38 with several layers of PLEDGE. I want that PLEDGE to dry rock hard, then I have to re-mask specific areas and get on with some more paint. Hopefully, after this backtracking I can go forward with decals, weathering, adding the small bits, and mounting the plane in "flight".

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